So often as parents we say, "Stay here, I'll be back in a second," right? Maybe we need to run upstairs to grab something and don't want our toddler clunking up eight steps in the time it would have taken us to run up and down past her about 14, waving hello as we flew by. For me, this time is walking the dog - either in the freezing cold, the boiling heat or simply when my kids whine I DON'T WANT TO GO. So, there they are, left looking at me out the window. Taking a photo of your kid with you on one side of the window and them on the other is a great way to show just how much we really are in two different worlds. Maybe they're on the other side having tons of fun without you, or maybe, like this one, they wish they could grow up fast and be an adult just like you. If you try a photo like this, put it on Instagram and tag #lhp-throughthewindow - let me see what you've got!
This past April was my first annual Celebrate Mothers Mini Session Event. It was three days of just mamas and their babies (of any age!). Along the way, I learned a few things I'd do a teeny bit differently next year, but what I got out of it the most was HOW MUCH LOVE there is between mothers and their babes. Oh, my. Each session left my heart warmed! And so did the COLLAGES!
My first session was with Lisa and her girls, Kate and Anna. Anna is now THREE and I also got to shoot her six month photos (see them HERE). If you look, you'll see some things never change - she broke down during that shoot and she broke down during this one! One of the things that endears me most to Lisa is how she loves the photos of the kids losing it! It's just such a natural part of motherhood/childhood - I love mommies that embrace it! (See Anna down there in the corner? Still so pretty through all the tears!) We got her to smile eventually, though. The shoot was in my backyard, so we had her hop on the YELLOW swing (much more desirable than the green one, you know), and that improved her mood immediately.
By far my favorite "perk" of this session was the mother-child collages. Each mother wrote a little letter to their children describing what they wanted to remember about each child at this age, and each child drew or wrote (or both) a love note to their mom and then they got a complimentary 8x10 of their collage. Isn't it adorable!
For the first few people who signed up, I had a gift. I let them purchase a $1 gift session to give to a mom in their lives who meant something special. Lisa chose one of her daughter's teachers, Michelle. Then she showed up with HER mom, so we had three generations! So sweet! Little Chandler (isn't that a great name?) was the sweetest - and look at those eyes!!
Here's Michelle and Chandler's collage:
I'll be sharing the rest of the sessions soon!